At least twice per semester the Center sponsors a full-day conference on various topics of Renaissance study. Most conferences are free, and all are open to the public.


ISaturday, October 28th           

9:00 a.m. Graduate Conference  

$10 Entrance Fee includes lunch and breakfast

Keynote: Jennifer Waldron - University of Pittsburgh. Director of the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies author of“Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater" 2013 & 2nd  book project, “Shakespeare and the Senses,” charts Shakespeare’s diverse experiments with cross-modal sensory and linguistic effects in relation to recent developments in historical phenomenology and current research in cognitive neuroscience.


Graduate Student Conference
Graduate students from around the country (and the world) present papers on Renaissance Studies topics. - Fall Semester
$10 Entrance Fee includes lunch and breakfast

Swordsmanship Conference
Papers and demonstrations on medieval and Renaissance swordsmanship.
Free; pre-registration requested - Spring Semester

History of the Book Symposium
Papers and discussion on the study of books as physical objects and the history of different books and manuscripts.
Free; pre-registration required


These conferences vary from year to year. Samples of past conference topics include Shakespeare and Dance (Fall 2008); Suspected Shakespeares (Spring 2008), John Calvin (Fall 2009); Renaissance Art (Fall 2010); The Spanish Golden Age (Spring 2010), Renaissance Gardens (Spring 2011); Animals in the Renaissance (Fall 2011); The King James Bible (Spring 2012); and Early New England (Fall 2012)